Every leader, manager, and executive has to handle multiple tasks at any given point of time. This is unavoidable. He may have been appointed for a particular work; however, with time, he will naturally get more and more responsibilities.
Management Guru, Peter Drucker, in his book, On the profession of management, is compassionate while describing the role of a manager. He says, “The role of today’s manager is very difficult. In any given situation, he has to handle multiple projects and assignments. He is always under pressure.”
Kautilya, advices us on how to manage multiple projects and get more profits for the company: “And (they) should bring about the commencement of what is not done, the carrying out of what is commenced, the improvement of what is being carried out and the excellence of (the execution of) orders, in the case of works.” (1.15.51)
He looks at four types of works that an executive has to carry out:
Commencement of what is not done
There are many things that need to be done. Good managers are those who start work on their own rather than waiting for the bosses to tell them what to do. Each person has to become proactive. He needs to build his own pipeline. New work has to be started. New experiments have to be tried. New techniques have to be applied.